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  MSNBC    The Rachel Maddow Show    News/Business.  (2011)  

    July 22, 2011
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so in one sense, groundhog day. in another sense, though, things are happening so fast in news and politics they almost seem a little blurry. you almost don't trust what you are reading because things are moving so fast they are starting to get counterintuitive. for example, it still seems almost impossible that the role of the house progressive caucus this week, the role of the most liberal of all of the democrats in the house, has been to circulate statements, letters, and speeches by ronald reagan in support of the progressives' position on raising the debt ceiling. first, house democrats released a reagan radio address, where he castigated the irresponsible brinksmanship of congress not raising the debt ceiling and thereby getting the country close to default. then house progressives sent to every republican in congress a reagan letter to senate republicans from 1983. in the letter, president reagan
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says, quote, the full consequences of a default or even the serious prospect of default are impossible to predict, and awesome to contemplate. ronald reagan, among liberal democrats, is probably in competition only with george w. bush for least liked among the modern u.s. presidents. but liberals in congress this crazy week are willing to put that aside, if the voice of reagan can help bring republicans to their senses on how unbelievable it is that they really are still debating whether or not to destroy the economy. in the midst of all of this is republican presidential politics. jon huntsman and his campaign manager parting ways today. and then of course you have the vice presidential nomination. they want chris christie to run for president, but he will not,
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hint, hint, pick him for vice president. and mark rubio announcing as if we have been waiting for it that he will make his first out of his home state speech as a senator next month at the reagan library in california. is that a thing? the new awkwardness of course with how fast things are changing in washington is that markio rubio has said as recently as this past weekend he probably will not vote to raise the debt ceiling. in march, he wrote an op-ed entitled why i won't raise the debt ceiling, and that will be awkward to take to the ronald reagan liberal as statements are being circulated from reagan that if you do not vote to raise it you are all but a traitor. and then there's bob mcdonald. bob mcdonald has had a wobbly takeoff as a national republican figure. just days after he was inaugurated as virginia's governor, the republican
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national party put his m fourth as their face of the party. standing before diverse virginians to give the party's response to the president's state of the union address. watch. >> good evening, i'm bob mcdonald. 11 days ago i was honored to be sworn in as the 71st governor of virginia. >> looks presidential, right? and for a glorious few day, he was the party's answer to barack obama. he was for a few days in january of 2010 the next generation of the gop. the launch as i say was a bit wobbly. it had emerged during bob mcdonald's campaign for governor that says in his late 30s he got a degree at pat roberts' university.
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and he said that public policy should be used to help god crack down on things that god does not like, things like homosexuals and fornicators. i'm quoting there about the fornicators. it's not me describing people that are fornicators. i wouldn't say that. that's what bob mcdonald said. see, it says right there. cohabitators, homosexuals, or fornicators. all very bad. the whole idea of there being even a new fresh modern face of the gop like bob mcdonald, that whole concept, doesn't jibe very well with the republican party being god's soldiers against fornication, right? this was only made worse by the republican attorney general, who campaigned and was elected with bob mcdonald. once he was sworn in, he started using the powers of his office in virginia to crack down on things like those beautiful ancient buddhas carved into the stone cliffs. i'm sorry. totally different story.
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no, he took it among himself to crack down on the immodest state seal of the commonwealth of virginia. which showed a depiction of the roman goddess of virtue showing some of her top parts. that's it on the left. he circulated to his staff a different version of the state seal, the one you see on the right, which as you can see covered the lady up more modestly. yeah. a bit of a rocky launch in terms of bob mcdonald and the new virginia being seen as a new-fangled, modern update of the republican party. but it seems like he can be considered for vice president. but something is going on with bob mcdonald right now by wanting to be vice president and this fight in washington over whether destroying the economy
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might be a good idea, and the potential destruction of the economy on purpose which may be upon us, shows how it comes down on the heads of individual republican politics. check out poor bob mcdonald now. a couple of months ago, he was being interviewed about the debt ceiling fight. listen to what he says here. >> the only way that it's appropriate to increase the debt limit is if there is a tangible, written, irreversible set of structure reforms in the spending in the united states government. if we don't achieve those goals, then i don't see any gain in increasing the debt limit. >> we do not achieve those goals. if we do not get those changes he says that he wants on spending, then what's that last key part again? >> i don't see any gain in increasing the debt limit. >> i don't see any gain in raising the debt limit. why do it? i mean do, it if you can use it
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to get some other changes in government you might want, but otherwise, you don't see any gain in increasing the debt limit. i don't see any reason to do it. why raise the debt ceiling? i don't see any reason to do it. so says the governor of virginia. try to get something in exchange. but if you can't -- in this fight, in what's going on in washington right now, i think you can sort of say we are all in this together. we are all thundering towards the same cliff at this point. if the u.s. defaults on our debt for the first time in history, it is an economic catastrophe that the economists tell us will put the country back in recession, definitely. it will possibly put the country into a depression. and it conceivably could cause a global financial catastrophe that will dwarf what happened at the end of the bush presidency. and we would be doing this on purpose. and as we are all heading toward that disaster, that's the kind of disaster that's not -- that's not the thing that some people get out of, right? this is not the kind of disaster
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that some people do well in. this is a disaster. but this week, the ratings agency moody's investor service, as we are all thundering toward this same cliff, moody's decided to pluck five states out from among all of us lemmings, to bring them forward to the head of the pack of lemmings running towards the end of the cliff, to let those particular five states see over the edge of the cliff and into the abyss, to see what the abyss looks like. moody's warned maryland, new mexico, south carolina, tennessee, and bob mcdonald's virginia this week that if and when the u.s. credit rating gets downgraded because congress chooses to default on the debt, when that downgrade happens and the economic apocalypse starts, when that happens, those five states are going to get downgraded at the same time because those states are so intertwined with the united states economically. they are going to go right over the cliff first. and remember, bob mcdonald's opinion about whether or not to raise the debt ceiling going into all of this was this.
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>> i don't see any gain in increasing the debt limit. >> that's how he had felt. once he got the warning this week that he was first off the cliff, boy, did he change his tune. >> it's a national embarrassment for the united states of america. to be getting two weeks from defaulting defaulting on its obligations. they've got to get this done. certainly for the business community, it would be just devastating for our country. >> the warning from the ratings agency which will be what will happen to virginia, which would ultimately happen to all of us, turned bob mcdonald right around. go ahead and default, what do i care? unless you can maybe get something out of it. to saying seriously, are you going to default? are you crazy to even think about it. after one ratings agency changed his mind this week, another ratings agency made a request to please address as many freshmen republicans as possible today. did they give those freshmen republican members of congress
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enough of a peak into the abyss to turn them around too? joining us now is democratic congressman barney frank of massachusetts. the ranking member of the house financial services committee, and co-sponsor of course of the dodd frank wall street reform bill that passed one year ago. congressman frank, nice to see you. >> thanks, rachel. >> can you give me your understanding of where the current negotiations are on the debt ceiling? >> yeah. i don't know. i mean, i can be very honest with you. there's a lot of going back and forth. look, we have this problem. there are a substantial number of republicans in the house who have a serious problem with reality. a large number of members of the house republican caucus agree with michele bachmann that we shouldn't raise the debt limit, which would be of course an economic disaster, which even ronald reagan understood was crazy. another substantial chunk don't agree with michele bachmann, but they are afraid of losing a primary to someone who does agree with her. so we have this reality problem,
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and i do not know what will happen. these are people who are in the medieval term invincibly ignorant. and i have to keep emphasizing this. i voted already to raise the debt limit because i think we have this obligation. but the notion that the right wingers are doing me a favor to raise the debt ceiling is crazy. i voted against the war in iraq. so my debt limit, i have a couple trillion left to go. i am prepared in the interest of national stability to vote for it. but the notion they can export this and tell us that old women living on $19,000 a year shouldn't get any increase in the cost of living so they can subsidize millionaires and waste money in afghanistan, that's not going to coerce me into voting for it. on the other hand, i do think that some of the few remaining serious republicans understand
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that they will get blamed for this. so i think there is some pressure to do that. one other point i want to mention, rachel, which deeply angers me, these are people, the tea party people, who came to be the constitutionalists, they are in the process of launching the most fundamental assault on the american constitution, fundamental principle we have ever seen, and that was majority rule. the great breakthrough in the 18th century was self governance. and if you read the constitution, the assumption is majority rule in congress. it's majority rule in the states. in no part of the u.s. constitution are you required to get more than a simple majority of both houses to do anything. there's a 2/3 required for treaty only in the senate. that was special with foreign powers. there's a 2/3 requirement to amend the constitution or to impeach someone. but for legislation everywhere in the constitution all you need is a majority, and these people have no faith in democracy. they are afraid that the
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temporary majority won't hold, because you need 60% to do this and 67% to do that. let's be clear what that is. it's a repudiation of the great contribution america made in the 18th century to the world, the notion of majority rule in a democracy. >> congressman frank, i know that the senate is planning on staying through the weekend to work on that proposal that you were just describing there, this cut, cap, and balance thing. i know that the meetings are happening day and night in washington right now to try to come to some sort of resolve, some sort of resolution. you understand the markets as well as anybody in congress because you have been regulating them. do you feel like we are out of time in terms of whether or not the markets are going to freak out and do us some real economic damage? >> well, it's not either or. the later it is, the worse it will be. and i'm a little torn. the ratings agencies have been in the last 10 years the most incompetent entities around, but they are facts. and they -- the rating agencies to me are like stopped clocks. they may be right twice a day, and it this is one of those times.
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if the u.s. government default, it doesn't just hurt the government. the idea that governments will stand behind their debts is very important so we can keep interest rates down to build highways and schools. so, again, we are getting very close to the point where there will be real damage. there's probably going to be some incremental damage coming forward. and as i said, it's not an either or date. but there is no question that it will be very damaging. there was an article today that the housing market will suffer because that is so much tied to interest rates. people who -- small businesspeople who have been doing business who are owed money by the federal government, the federal government owes a lot of money to contractors, they won't get paid. they in turn won't be able to buy supplies. it is just unimaginable, except for people who as i said are only occasionally in touch with reality. >> congressman, one question for you about the dodd frank act. the wall street reform act that
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bears your name, signed into law a year ago. the consumer financial protection bureau created as part of that act, is in business starting today. it's still being fought and trying to be undermined by republicans. at this point, do you feel like its future is still uncertain, or do you feel like it is here for good? >> it's here until and unless the republicans win everything in 2012. here's what they have done, rachel, briefly. in the last few months. first, they tried to -- they are trying to postpone any new regulations and they specifically want to stop us from dealing with speculation that is driving up energy prices. secondly, they don't want to provide the money needed to regulate all of these things. yesterday, incredibly to me, they put a bill through our committee over our objection that would take any liability away from a rating agency if they made misstatements in a prospectus. if you bought a stock based on what the ratings said, you couldn't sue them no matter how cockamamy it was.
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and today, they tried to put the bank regulators who never did anything about consumer protection, whose failure to do that was the reason for creating the consumer agency, back in charge. none of those will go anywhere in the senate, and the president wouldn't sign them if they did. they are hurting by not funding these entities. the answer is this. these entities will go unless they are elected. but one thing that is important -- one of the things we have now is the notion to say less government is good. i have been in this business a while. i have never seen a tax cut put out a fire. i have never seen a tax cut fix a highway or do medical research that we need. here is the danger the right-wing faces with the consumer bureau that elizabeth warren did such a good job with, although she was inappropriately not rewarded by the president. it's going to be a case -- here is the deal. their argument is the big bad government is a threat to us. the consumer protection bureau
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as most americans understand is the government protecting them from abuse by private financial institutions. and they are terrified that the public will see that there is value to a public institution that can prevent them from being abused by private institutions because it undercuts the whole rationale that the government is always bad, always a problem. and that's why we are fighting so hard for it. >> congressman barney frank, democrat of massachusetts, ranking democrat on the financial committee. thank you for your time tonight. texas governor, and gonna run for president guy, rick perry made a very surprising decision today that is going to upset some of his most ardent supporters. i'll tell you about it with a smile when i come back.
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there are two things happening in rick perry's political life that are on a collision course. the first thing is that he plainly is going to run for president. he is leaking to the press that his wife wants him to run, she is actively encourage ing him to do it. he just met with fundraisers in austin. he has not dissuaded a former republican party official from forming a rick perry super pac and trying to get him on the ballot in the iowa straw poll. he has called iowa republicans and new hampshire republicans to lobby. he also addressed hundreds of voters via satellite. rick perry really seems is running.
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and even though rick perry may have wanted to stay out of the race for a while longer, as wayne slater reported on the slow last night, national fundraising is the hardest thing he'll face, he has to prove he can move money and time is ticking for locking down big republican supporters. and that is on a collision with some another thing. he has time pressure to get into the republican presidential race. the other thing that is about to hit that first thing is this. it's his big stadium prayer event next weekend in houston. which probably seemed like a good idea at one point. but now that he is this close to announcing that he wants to be president, and frankly everybody is wondering if he's going to be a contender or if he's going to be a rick santorum, rick perry is saddled by timing with this prayer event. and with all of the pastors who are signed on to the rick perry prayer event.
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>> since the night that the president emperorer slept with the sun goddess, the stock market in japan has gone down and never come up sense. the statue of liberty. you know where we got it from? french freemasons. listen, folks, that is an idol. a demonic idol right there in the middle of new york harbor. >> rick perry said this week that just because pastors like those guys endorse his event and he's got their names and their pictures and their affiliations prominently featured on the website for the event, that doesn't mean that rick perry endorses them back. then he removed the big link at the top of the events webpage to the list of those event endorsers. now today, today in an extraordinary who me moment from rick perry, a spokesman from rick perry says that the governor may not even speak at his own event. he may not speak at the prayer rally. he may just attend. which will probably come as a surprise to the people who have looked at the group's website. there it is, right at the top.
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hi, governor. or to those people who have watched rick perry's video inviting everybody to come to his event. or to the nation's 49 other governors, who rick perry invited to come to his event. or maybe to his own pac, which is advertising it as a rick perry event. but now that more people are looking at him, now, supposedly it's not rick perry's event anymore. he might stop by. was he invited? for reference, just to be clear about who rick perry is trying so desperately to get out of bed with in time to announce he is running for president, this is the group with which he is running this prayer event. this is not just an endorser. this is the national spokesman for the group with which perry is running this event. that perry is now trying to disown. >> i'm not going to say anything i am not convinced is true. homosexual soldiers have no limit to savagery they would inflict in whoever hitler sent them off.
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he surrounded himself, all of the brown shirts, were male homosexuals. this is going to be a pogrom, perpetrated by the homosexual lobby. the homosexuals cannot reproduce. so they have to recruit. it's the only way to swell their numbers. counterfeit origins, alternative origins to christianity, have no first amendment right to the free exercise of religion. permits in my judgment should not be granted to build even one more mosque in the united states of america. not one. we should not allow muslims to serve in the u.s. military, and we have got to raise questions about whether we can afford to allow muslims to immigrate into the united states at all. i do question the patriotism of groups like planned parenthood. they are subverting morality. liberals in the united states of
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america hate the declaration of independence. president obama is half white, and half black. herman cain is all black. he is authentically black. he is the real black man in the race. the president's been a fascist. he says i've been a fascist from day one. barack obama nurtures this hatred for the united states of america, and i believe nurtures a hatred for the white man. >> the american family association, ladies and gentlemen. sponsor of rick perry's stadium prayer event. even if he doesn't want it to be thought of as rick perry's stadium prayer event anymore. joining us now is msnbc political analyst. gene, i'm sorry to have gotten all of that brian fisher all over you. allow me to have your suit cleaned. >> i'm send you the bill. and watch out from juju from that demonic idol.
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>> i am thinking about sleeping with the demon, which of course will depress my stock market. >> right. is that a form of recruitment? >> well, i can't reproduce. you know how it is, gene. all right, all right. so rick perry, these are the people who rick perry is trying to crawl out of bed with. right now, in time for him to run for president. not as a rick santorum candidate, sort of a religious right also ran. but as a real contender. do you think he has a chance to be a real contender? >> well, i do think he has a chance to be a real contender because he has been governor of texas for years and years, and it's a big state. it's got lots of money. the state hasn't completely crumbled, since he's been governor. that's quite a base to run from. and as a certain george w. bush proved a few years ago. so i think he immediately --
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plus, you know, what do republicans think about the field they have right now? they're not thrilled. >> with the george w. bush reference you just made, i have to ask you, we talked a couple of nights on the show about douglas fife, famously denounced by lawrence wilkerson, i think he said seldom in my life have i met a dumber man. all these people who served in the bush administration blame douglas fife for everything. rick perry called douglas fife and had him advise him on foreign policy. he also has called donald rumsfeld, as well as the guy that was fired at guantanamo when he read the list of law firms. he sort of is scraping the bottom of the barrel of disgraced george w. bush former staffers to give him advice on foreign policy. what do you read into that? >> well, i think you can read something about, shall we say, rick perry's awareness of
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current affairs on the national scale. i mean, you know, he is the governor of texas. he's got his choice basically. if you're governor of texas, you can convene respectable and knowledgeable advisers about any subject that you want. the fact that he hasn't i think tells us something about him and about his capacity for higher office. >> picking those bush advisors and being a governor from texas after the last republican governor from texas, would that put the republican party in the position of finally sort of having to reckon with the legacy of george w. bush and the bush economy and whether or not they like it or they were going to keep running from it the way they have for the last couple of cycles? >> george w. who? what legacy? they have spent three years running away from george w. bush's legacy as fast and hard as they can. because after all, they denounced him as not a real republican. you know, he ran up the deficit.
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and he got us in all these foreign involvements. the tea party people are suspicious about. in fact, a lot of tea party people don't like the patriot act and all that stuff he did. so, look, the last thing republicans want is for people to look at their candidate and see george w. bush ii. so they are going to try to get rid of that association however they can. now, can they get rid of it if the guy is perry? you know, he is a texas governor with a swagger and cowboy boots. there's a certain similarity there that you really can't escape. >> see, i think -- all of your argument makes sense to me, and i think i disagree. i think i see the republican party getting ready to turn around and embrace george w. bush, but this election season will last a year, so you and i get to fight about it all year long which is going to be really fun. i appreciate it, gene. thank you very much. >> good to talk to you. ok.
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big news on civil rights tonight. an historic announcement scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at the pentagon. why bury an historic civil rights announcement on a friday afternoon in july? i am never understand why they schedule these things like this. more details ahead.
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a month before he passed away, former west virginia senator robert bird announced he would vote to repeal the u.s.
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military's don't ask, don't tell policy. his vote was critical. but senator byrd's vote came with conditions. he said it hinged on writing into the legislation a 60-day delay in the actual repeal after certification that the military was ready for repeal. the certification would have to come from the president, the secretary of defense, and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. now, two of those three necessary certifications we are told will come tomorrow, when defense secretary leon panetta and the joint chiefs of staff will certify that the pentagon is ready to repeal the policy. the president is scheduled to meet with secretary panetta and the chairman of the joint chiefs at 2:45 tomorrow, and maybe at that point the president will give his certification too. if that happens, all three people who need to certify that the military is ready will have certified it. and if that happens, then there will be an inexplicable wait. they're ready, but they still can't do it. for no reason. it's just a pointless delay your civil rights 60 day wait. in honor of robert byrd, may he
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that congress and the white house are maybe closer to a deal to not have congress destroy the u.s. economy on purpose, to not have the united states of america default on purpose. even if that is true, here's your little asterisk, your little footnote. one very important part of the government, even if there is a deal miraculously, one very important part of the government will still be on the brink. it's the agency that regulates air travel in this country, and it has just one day left to live. i really mean it. one day. tomorrow night, unless congress reauthorizes the federal aviation administration, the faa will start turning off the lights. the transportation secretary saying that 4,000 faa workers will are furloughed. $600 million worth of construction projects will freeze tomorrow night. the secretary says a shutdown could cost the government $200 million a week in lost tax revenue that the faa would no longer be authorized to collect through things like airline tickets. since september 2007, when the last authorization for the faa
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expired, since then, congress has passed 20 short-term raises. 20. but this time, republicans in the house are insisting that they be allowed to strip existing union rights from people who work in transportation. unless democrats cave on that, republicans say they'll kill off small airports one by one, starting with ones like this one in nevada. after that, the whole fight will start again over union rights in september. this is a fight that is maybe going to kill airports, and it is definitely going to grab the whole air travel system around the neck as soon as tomorrow. but it is not as much about planned specifically as it is about union rights, and how republicans have decided that stripping union rights is the hill they are going to die on this year. we have that john kasich footage? we have that? exemplary. this is ohio junior john kasich. he has spent his first year in office doing what republicans in congress are now insisting on,
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stripping union rights. this winter, the governor proposed a law that strips union rights in ohio. he proposed it. thousands of people protested. and then the republican legislature passed the bill called sb-5. governor kasich signed it. want to see how his success is working out for him? a new poll puts the approval rating for john kasich at 35%. least popular governor in america. he has gone down three points since then. the situation for john kasich is so bleak, this is how the nonpartisan pollsters described his situation. quote, ohio governor john kasich is sinking slowly into the quick sand of voter disapproval. and his name remains mud in the eyes of the ohio electorate. these are nonpartisan pollsters. after governor kasich signed sb-5, people started collecting
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signatures to put it on the ballot for a citizens repeal. last month, they delivered box after box after box of petitions. today the ohio secretary of state announced that over 900,000 of those signatures were valid. that's nearly four times the amount needed to qualify it for a vote. sb-5 in ohio is about as unpopular in ohio with voters as governor kasich is now. when they ask ohio voters whether to keep it or repeal it, ohio voters say they would like to repeal that bill by a 24-point margin. in may, it was only an 18-point margin. ohio's governor and his union stripping adventure are sinking into the quick sand of voter disapproval. and maybe not all that slowly. joining us now is representative peterson. thank you for joining us again.
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nice to have you back here. >> thank you. my pleasure to be back. >> this new poll suggests that ohio's union stripping bill is becoming more unpopular. people aren't just getting over it. they getting more upset about this. what do you think accounts for that? >> i think as people learn more and more about what this union stripping bill does, they get more and more angry. senate bill 5 is about allowing, you know, not allowing people anymore to come together and bargain for fair wages or for, you know, safe places to work. when people find out what this bill really does, they hate it. and i think you're seeing that in the polling, and we certainly saw it in the signature collection. 900,000 valid signatures. 1.3 million signatures total, from every nook and cranny of ohio. democrats, republicans, rural, urban, wealthy, poor, everybody. it seems like everybody hates senate bill 5 because they don't like injustice.
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>> we are also seeing that governor kasich's numbers are tanking. we thought that they had bottomed out when he was tied with rick scott for most unpopular governor in the nation. it turns out the floor is even lower than that. he is still sinking. do you think that's being driven by the anger over the union stripping bill or broader issues? >> it's about the union stripping bill, but also the radical ideology that is being pushed down people's throats in ohio. they just passed a budget that cuts billions of dollars out of education. you combine that about senate bill 5, you're looking at class sizes of 50 or more here in ohio. you're looking at elimination of after school sports and music and arts and gifted programs, unless local school areas raise their property taxes. so you're seeing over and over again a decimation of the middle class. the budget cut, a billion dollars from local governments. what that means is it's going to
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mean our communities are less safe. local governments are going to have to cut police officers. cut firefighters. or raise local taxes again. this budget was pass the buck budgets, pushing the tough decisions down to the local communities. and it's going to be horrific coming forward. >> we're looking at some parallel politics in washington on union stripping issues. of course the rest of the country always follows ohio politics to a certain extent because it's such an important swing state in presidential politics. as the rest of the country looks at ohio getting so mad at its governor and so mad to be repealing this union stripping thing by 20-plus points in this latest poll, how do you think the rest of the country should understand how this will play into the state as a presidential political battle ground? >> i think it's going to have huge impact. it's already having a huge impact on the governor. i think it's going to impact the u.s. senate race we have here. a major race. senator brown is up for re-election. and the presidential race.
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and we're seeing that in the same poll you cited earlier. president obama beats his republican opponents, every one of the potential leading opponents, in that poll. >> thanks for your time tonight, armond. nice to see you again. >> thank you, rachel. coming up -- the weird honor so they can raise money off of you. it turns out it can be kind of fun. me and rick santorum, coming up. esurance instantly compares our car insurance rates
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>> a gal walked up and asked him where he was from and he said alaska and all of a sudden the clerk turns beet red kind of like rachel maddow does sometimes. the senator from oklahoma who has practiced medicine all his life, the last time he and i were together, i had the amazing opportunity to watch him receive a lecture on health care from a woman named -- maddox, a television personality. who i'm told has a ph.d. in something that doesn't matter. >> i'm not going to wait for the msnbc lineup to put on their hard hats and stand on an oil
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rig and do a promotional ad asking this tough question about potential loss of blue collar american jobs. >> i don't like it. i think the cables have a lot to do with it. when i was president, we had tons of criticism, but it didn't seem day in and day out quite as personal as the talk show people. an it's not just the right. it's plenty of people on the left. rachel maddow, i mean, here are a couple of sick puppies.
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>> that last one, the cross dressing liberal lesbian in new york city one. that one meant the most to me, i think. that was 2006. that was from bob ney, who not long after accepteding out that robo call in the 2006 election had to go to prison in the jack abramoff scandal. he called me, me! a radio host a cross-dressing lesbian liberal from new york city. that meant a lot to me. now the struggling presidential campaign of rick santorum has taken a page out of the bob ney on his way to jail handbook.
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he has no prospects of winning the presidential nomination. as a senator, he lost by 18 points. mitt romney raised more than $18 million, when ron paul, john huntman and even tim pawlenty raised more than $4 million each. when herman cain and newt gingrich's whole campaign team quick raised $2 million, rick santorum raised $500,000. have you ever googled the word santorum? his new fundraising apparently is trying to make sure that everybody tuz that. the letter opens up with a description of last week's bill mahrer show on books hbo, you may recall mr. savage google
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bombed the word santorum when you look it up on line -- yeah. the fundraising letter says instead of having an intellectual conversation, they broke into vile attack against me. i refuse to repeat these sexual references because the references are far too inappropriate. this is the reason why my children cannot google their father's name. rachel maddow serves as his lackey. if you had not heard about the whole google santorum, would you run to your paycheck?
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dan savage, rachel maddow, would you race to your checkbook to scrawl out a check for $25, $50, $100? or would you out of curiosity google santorum? imagine the fundraising discussion about this. all right, what we know we will accomplish is that every one of our most core supporters across the country will be told in effect, go google the word santorum. that's not the risk, that's the certainty. a comedian with a once-weekly show on cable and the 9:00 lady on msnbc >> it is very flattering to have people try to raise money off of the sheer outrageousness of the